Mouth of the Guadalhorce Nature Reserve
The Mouth of the Guadalhorce Nature Reserve is located just between the city of Malaga and Torremolinos. It extends between the two branches of the river, covering 67 ha. of its delta. It is equipped with comfortable hides over the pools that provide shelter from wind and rain in winter and the sun in summer, with very easy tracks to walk about.
The reserve is placed in the flyway to and from the Straits, providing a resting and refueling place for migrant birds which, along with the presence of some very vulnerable resident species like the Kentish Plover or White-headed Duck, makes it a place to deserve the maximum possible protection. The beginning of the spring migration in March is the moment we can enjoy the widest diversity of birds here.
The list of birds we can find here in March is so big including birds on passage. These are some of the most interesting ones: Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard, White-headed Duck, Black-necked Grebe, Balearic Shearwater, Little Bittern, Cattle Egret, Squacco Heron, Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo, Osprey, Booted Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Purple Swamphen, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Kentish Plover, Sanderling, Wood Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Audouin’s Gull, Sandwich Tern, Razorbill, Barn Owl, Pallid Swift, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Yellow Wagtail, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Sardinian Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Cetti’s Warbler, Spotless Starling and Serin.